Tuesday, May 8, 2012

May Events via @leopoldsbooks #detroit #michlit #bookstore #michigan

Hi all,

We've got a couple of awesome events coming up this week (you can check them out at the end of the email). We hope to see you there!

Greg and Sarah Lenhoff

Friday, May 11th, 7PM
Readings from the Mongrel Empire Press with John Rodwan and Anca Vlasopolos

John G. Rodwan, Jr., is the author of Fighters & Writers (Mongrel Empire Press, 2010), a collection of essays. One selection from Fighters & Writers was named a Notable Essay of 2009 by The Best American Essays. Another was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Rodwan writes frequently about literature, music and boxing – and often about the connections among these subjects. His writing has been published by The American Interest, The Mailer Review, Blood and Thunder, Open Letters Monthly , Spot Literary Magazine, The Oregonian, Prime Mincer, Palimpsest, California Literary Review, Logos, Shaking Like a Mountain, Slow Trains, The Brooklyn Rail, American Writer, Free Inquiry, and The Humanist, among others. A former correspondent for Fight News, he also contributed to the Ringside and Training Principles website and to the International Labor Office's Encyclopaedia of Occupational Health and Safety. He has lived in Brooklyn, New York; Geneva, Switzerland; Portland, Oregon; and Detroit, Michigan, where he was a Thomas C. Rumble fellow at Wayne State University.

Anca Vlasopolos has published a detective novel, a memoir, various short stories, over 200 poems, the poetry collections Penguins in a Warming World and Walking Toward Solstice, and the non-fiction novel The New Bedford Samurai.

She was born in 1948 in Bucharest, Rumania. Her father, a political prisoner of the Communist regime in Rumania, died when Anca was eight. After a sojourn in Paris and Brussels, at fourteen she immigrated to the United States with her mother, a prominent Rumanian intellectual and a survivor of Auschwitz. Anca is a professor of English and Comparative Literature at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She is married to Anthony Ambrogio, a writer and editor; they have two daughters: Olivia Vlasopolos Ambrogio and Beatriz Rosa Jimenez Ambrogio.

Saturday, May 12th, 8PM
Stupor + Matthew Barney Zine Launch and Reading with Steve Hughes

Steve Hughes will drink beer and read from his stunning new zine STUPOR: WASHED IN DIRT. This issue of STUPOR represents a collaboration between the celebrated artist and filmmaker Matthew Barney and Hughes, a local zine writer.

It worked like this: Hughes collected and wrote the stories, and then Matthew Barney created all the artwork, including original drawings, photos, and collage. Hughes then printed and published full-color copies of the zine.

This reception marks the release of this previously unavailable Stupor. It also is your opportunity to listen to Hughes read WASHED IN DIRT the way it was meant to be heard.

Come, drink beer, buy a Stupor, and witness a rare, shining moment in Detroit's art history.


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